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Education Faculty Publish in Association Journal


St. John Fisher College Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education faculty Dr. Mike Wischnowski, Associate Professor, and Dr. Marie Cianca, Assistant Professor, recently published an article in the March issue of Phi Delta Kappan, the main publication of Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) International, the professional education association.

“A New Script for Working with Parents” describes the undergraduate service-learning course that the two professors developed to help teacher candidates with family engagement and understanding. In the article, they highlight the unique partnership that the School of Education has forged with the Advocacy Center, a local non-profit agency that advocates for people with disabilities and their families. Fisher teacher candidates are matched with families in the community and work on a semester-long project that promotes teacher-parent collaboration.

Last fall, the School of Education received the Distinguished Program Award from the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the New York State Association of Teacher Educators in honor of this partnership and innovative course in the College’s curriculum.

Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership. The association’s mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy.

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